Make Thanksgiving easier with this Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes recipe! (Plus, these mashed potatoes are seriously delicious!)
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Before we get into the wonder of these Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes, I need to digress about Rubic’s Cubes for a moment. One of the highlights of Thanksgiving Day is football. Parade, food, family and football. I mean it’s not Thanksgiving until Uncle Bob falls asleep on the couch and snores his way through the 2nd half of the Dallas Cowboys game, right? But speaking of football, did y’all see that Ryan Fitzpatrick (QB for Tampa Bay Buccaneers) spent part of his summer teaching kids how to solve the Rubik’s Cube? It’s true! An NFL QB teaching a class on solving Rubik’s Cubes. How cool is that? To be fair, Ryan did play his college ball at Harvard…but still!
But back to the Thanksgiving Kitchen Dance. Mashed potatoes are a key dish for our Thanksgiving table (along with homemade macaroni and cheese), but I always underestimate the time it takes to make mashed potatoes. Always. I was talking to my Mom on the phone the other day, and she told me she’s switched to making a Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes recipe. Say what? Mashed potatoes in the slow cooker? The thought of eliminating one pot on the crowded Thanksgiving stove totally got my attention!
Sure enough, these Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes totally work. You do need to peel and chop the potatoes, but that doesn’t take all that long. It can be done in the morning while sipping on your 2nd cup of coffee and watching Snoopy float down 34th Street. Then just toss those bad boys in the slow cooker, and ~5 hours later you have the most creamy and delicious mashed potatoes ever! I was pretty sure I screwed something up because there was a bunch of liquid still in the slow cooker after 5 hours. But that liquid gets absorbed into the mashed potatoes when you blend them. #TrustMe
We’ve always used evaporated milk as our secret ingredient for creamy mashed potatoes, but my Mom told me to use sour cream. And these potatoes absolutely rank up there as the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever eaten. Of course, all of the butter helps, too. As my friend Kelsie pointed out, butter makes everything better!
I know mashed potatoes are one of those recipes where everyone has their own unique (and sometimes secret) method…but give the slow cooker a shot here. If you don’t trust me, make a trial run of Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes this week. And then make them again on Thanksgiving morning!
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
- Using a 6-quart slow cooker, add potatoes, butter, salt and pepper. Stir and add 1 cup of water/stock. Cover and cook on high for 4½-5 hours, or until potatoes are tender.
- Add sour cream and warm milk (start with ⅓ cup).
- Transfer potatoes to a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, blend potatoes on high speed for 4-5 minutes or until smooth and creamy. (Add several more Tbsp of additional warm milk, as needed.)
- Garnish with chives before serving.